Sumer is icumen in

I’m suffering from a cough and cold even as the temperature climbs into the mid thirties (Celsius, in case you are confused). The humidity has already started creeping up, reminding me of how bad May will get. Right in front of the window I see a mango tree beginning to fruit. If these fruits stay on the branch, they would ripen by the middle of May. Mangos are the compensation for the discomfort of summer. But it is very likely that these mangos will have become panha well before they ripen.

This is also the season when you get the most colourful moths. Walking to the lift the other day I noticed many of these two kinds of moths sitting on the wall, basking in the morning sun. They are about two centimeter long, and extremely visible in the light. The fact that crows and other birds do not make a quick snack of them probably means that they are either poisonous or not very tasty.

It has become warm enough to remind me of the medieval English song: “Sumer is icumen in/ Lhude sing cuccu.” A Koel is a cuckoo, isn’t it? I did hear a Koel the other day, but I think that was a ring tone on someone’s phone and not the bird. It’s nor really summer yet.

Author: I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.

7 thoughts on “Sumer is icumen in”

  1. Get well soon, sir ji. The temperature here is no good either. It’s 35 degrees already and might reach 40 before the end of March. Our mango trees are full of tiny mangoes, I ll remember to send you a dozen or two 😉 the kuhu kuhu was probably someone who has ‘koel se meri boli’ 😂

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      1. We have this big moth that visits us often. He’s bigger than a butterfly, and has eye-like thingy on his wings.
        Other than that, there are a lot of small, weird looking moths.

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      2. Yes, I was searching for the link right now so that I could send it to you.🙂 Here it is : whakaahuablog.wordpress.com/2017/07/22/weekly-photo-challenge-unusual/
        I posted this some time last year. These moths sit on our window for 2-3 days at a stretch. Then they fly away.

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